The Spanish explorer Coronado, arriving around 1540, was greeted by the pueblo Indians whose ancestors, the Anasazi or "Ancient Ones'' had roamed the landscape for thousands of years. The city was officially founded in 1609 and later developed into a booming trading post joining the Camino Real from Mexico City to the east via the Old Santa Fe Trail. Cowboys, kings, artists and nature lovers have flocked to the "City Different,'' where three cultures strive to learn from each other.
A Modern Perspective
Approximately 300 days of sunshine a year, with 13 inches of rainfall and 17 inches of snow in the city. (The surrounding mountains receive substantially more snow -- a good thing for our ski area.) The summer daytime temperatures average 75-85; summer nights average 55-65. Winter temperatures range from 20-50 on average during the day, and drop below freezing at night.
There are 4 ski areas accessible to Santa Fe, including Taos Ski Valley; three golf courses; cross country skiing; glorious hiking; fabulous fishing; and sunset gazing all year round .